September 2018

Pope Benedict defends his retirement
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

VATICAN (Agencies): Retired Pope Benedict XVI has expressed displeasure with the way Cardinal Walter Brandmuller of Germany, former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, publicly criticised his stepping down as pontiff, and he also defended taking the title pope emeritus.
In two private letters, the retired pope defended the way he handled his resignation and warned the cardinal of the negative impact his public comments could have, CNS...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje 
WARSAW (CNS): Archbishop Henryk Hoser, retired archbishop of Warsaw-Praga, Poland, who oversees Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Medjugorje shrine, has outlined plans for expansion, including more Masses in different languages and facilities for young pilgrims who flock to the site of the alleged Marian apparitions. 
“Medjugorje represents Europe’s spiritual lungs, a place...

Mining blamed for Philippine landslide tragedy
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Environmental advocates have blamed mining operations for landslides that have reportedly killed dozens of people in the northern Philippines in the wake of the brutal Super Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).
Conflicting reports from government agencies said at least 100 people may have been killed in a landslide in Itogon town in Benguet province. Miners who stayed in an old bunkhouse were buried in mud after a mountain slope collapsed due to heavy rains on...

Charities rally behind Philippine recovery efforts
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

MANILA (UCAN): Catholic humanitarian agencies from around the world have vowed support for Philippine relief and rehabilitation efforts in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) in the country’s northern provinces.
Caritas Internationalis launched an appeal to help finance relief operations for thousands of families affected by the super typhoon.
“After the storm has passed people will need help to restore their...

Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who gives you a cup of water…
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )



Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward’

—Mark 9:41


Anger over maids for sale ads in Singapore
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): Advocates campaigning for migrant worker rights have voiced outrage after an advert was recently posted on Carousell, a Singapore-based online marketplace showing the profiles of several female domestic workers believed to be Indonesian. Some profiles were even marked “sold.”
Nusron Wahid, head of an Indonesian government agency dealing with the placement and protection of migrant workers, told reporters on September 18 that an official letter...

Japan-Korea anti-nuclear pilgrimage
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

SEOUL (UCAN): Bishops and activists from Japan and South Korea took part the Japan-Korea Anti-Nuclear Peace Pilgrimage, calling for an end to nuclear energy.
The pilgrimage, which began 2012, was held in Korea from September 13 to 16 and organised by the Korean bishops’ committee for ecology and environment.
With the theme, Peaceful World without Nuke! We May Protect Life and Beauty!, the pilgrimage was joined by 19 Japanese participants...

Bringing hope to the hopeless
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

There is a new film now showing in Ireland titled, Black ’47. It is a story set in the year 1847 when Ireland was under British occupation and a devastating famine hit the poor of Ireland when their staple food, the potato, was attacked by a fungus and rotted in the ground. Approximately one million Irish people died of starvation and another million migrated to America and helped to build that country.
The film is the story of an Irishman who...

Nuturing the youth ministry in China
(Saturday, 29 September 2018 )

The 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth and China’s new restrictions on youth activities are prompting a review of youth pastoral work in China. The following reflections are based on my interviews with young people and youth ministers in China in 2017, and on the responses from China to the questionnaire for the 2018 Synod. 
By youth ministry, I mean a youth pastoral programme which cares for the needs of young people on a long-term basis, with age-...

Battered but still standing after Typhoon Mangkhut
(Saturday, 22 September 2018 )

HONG KONG (SE): Typhoon Mangkhut was the most powerful to hit Hong Kong since records began in 1946 and brought record levels of storm surge too, with flood waters reaching their highest since 1904. The Hong Kong Observatory hoisted the Number 10 typhoon signal—the highest— for 10 hours on Sunday, September 16.
Sunday Masses were cancelled in the parishes across the city. It may be sheer coincidence that a number of Signal 8 typhoons that hit Hong Kong in the...